An important tool in government transparency is the Ohio Open Records Act, which gives anyone the right to examine public records.
But there is a major exception, and one agency doesn’t have to hand over records about how it spends taxpayer money.
That agency is Jobs Ohio, Gov. John Kasich’s new economic development engine.
Even though it receives huge amounts of public money, it is a private, non-profit organization and doesn’t have to hand over records on how money is spent.
Kasich claims the secrecy improves Ohio’s chances of economic success.
A recent NBC4 poll asked voters if they believe Kasich’s claim. By an overwhelming 3-1 margin, Ohio voters said they motivation for making Jobs Ohio exempt from the Open Records Act is to prevent public oversight, rather than improve economic development success.